Full casting has been announced for a major new production of Little Shop of Horrors, opening at the Mercury Theatre on Wednesday 27 May.

Ben Stott (Wicked, West End and Sweeney Todd, West Yorkshire Playhouse) will play Seymour, the down and out shop worker who becomes an overnight sensation when he grows a plant that feeds on fresh blood.  The love of his life, Audrey, is played by Frances McNamee (Love’s Labour’s Lost RSC and Pride and Prejudice at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.)

Shop owner Mushnik will be played by Simeon Truby (Sweeney Todd, West End) and Jez Unwin (Once, Ghost, Top Hat) plays the sadistic dentist Orin.

Gareth Cassidy, Leon Craig, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Karis Jack, Andrew London, Frances Mayli McCann and Carole Stennett complete the cast.

Little Shop of Horrors is the second co-production between Mercury Theatre Colchester and Salisbury Playhouse. Last summer they co-produced the regional premiere of Betty Blue Eyes which was followed by a national tour.

This production will be directed by Gareth Machin, artistic director at Salisbury Playhouse.

Gareth said:

“Little Shop of Horrors is essentially a Faustian story but it is also a tremendous amount of fun.”

He continued:

“It has a fantastic musical score with a great mixture of styles that we are sure audiences will love. I’m delighted that we are, once again, collaborating with the Mercury Theatre on this exciting production that’s full of energy, sass and style, and we can’t wait to get started.”

Little Shop of Horrors, is designed by James Button with Richard Reeday as musical director, choreography by Nick Winston, lighting by David W Kidd and sound design by Alex Twiselton. The original book and lyrics were written by Howard Ashman with music by Alan Menken.

Little Shop of Horrors will play at the Mercury Theatre from Wednesday, May 27 until Saturday, June 13. Tickets start at £10.

To book tickets visit www.mercurytheatre.co.uk or call 01206 573948.

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